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SMU NURSING STUDENTS JOIN GLOBAL MEDICAL BRIGADES TO HONDURAS

Samuel Merritt University

Media Relations Contact:
Elizabeth Valente 510.725.7980
evalente@samuelmerritt.edu
MEDIA RELEASE
July 16, 2009

SMU NURSING STUDENTS JOIN GLOBAL MEDICAL BRIGADES TO HONDURAS

'Bailando por la Salud' (Dance for Health) Fundraiser Scheduled for Thursday, July 16

(OAKLAND, Calif., July 16, 2009) Samuel Merritt University (SMU) nursing students will be bringing much-needed medical care to Central America this summer, but first they need to raise $15,000 to purchase medicine and medical supplies.

Nearly a dozen Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) students in the Master's of Science in Nursing (MSN) program will journey to Honduras on August 15 where they will work alongside the non-profit organization Global Medical Brigades. While in Honduras, the nursing students, along with faculty members from SMU, will work together with local and international healthcare providers giving acute care exams to Spanish-speaking patients, distribute medicine, and generate medical records that will be used by other chapters of the Global Health Brigades.

"Several of us enjoy combining our medical experience with helping others globally," says Evelyn Shober, FNP student. "We will be treating hundreds of rural patients who might not otherwise get the kind of care that we are accustomed to in North America."

Faculty members going on the trip say the experience will allow students to observe the challenges of providing high quality healthcare in a setting with limited resources.

"The idea of an immersion experience is that the student nurses will gain a deeper understanding of another cultural or ethnic group which, when they return home, may engender an appreciation and inquisitiveness about their patients who come from different background," explains Rhonda Ramirez, EdD, FNP, Assistant Professor, Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

The small student organized group is having a fundraiser, ‘Bailando por la Salud' (Dance for Health), on Thursday, July 16, from 6-8pm. The event will be held at Samuel Merritt University, Fontaine Auditorium at the Health Education Center, 400 Hawthorne Street, Oakland.

INTERVIEWS AND PHOTO/FILMING OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE - Very Visual

SMU Students and faculty available for interviews. Spanish music and dance performances by Grupo Wanichigu, Colombian Soul, and Manuel Bravo will be performed at the event.

CONTACT:

Elizabeth Valente, Associate Director of Media Relations, 510.725.7980 cell and evalente@samuelmerritt.edu

Samuel Merritt University, located on 'Pill Hill' in Oakland, California, is celebrating 100 years of educating health science practitioners who are committed to making a positive difference in diverse communities. Nearly 1,300 students are enrolled at SMU, with campuses in Oakland, Sacramento, San Francisco and San Mateo. The University offers an undergraduate degree in nursing; master's degrees in nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant; and doctoral degrees in physical therapy and podiatric medicine. For more information visit www.samuelmerritt.edu.